Xavier and UC engage in Crosstown Preachout and new Crosstown Speakout

Events highlight cooperation between the schools | January 30, 2008

For the fourth consecutive year, Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati are taking part in the Crosstown Preachout on Sunday, Feb. 10, at the 10:00 p.m. student Mass in Bellarmine Chapel. Unlike previous years, the Preachout is taking place on only one campus. Since Xavier was the recent host of the Crosstown Shootout. Al Hirt from UC's Newman Center is coming to campus to assist University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., with the liturgy. He will be accompanied by a group of UC students. A social immediately follows the Mass.

The Crosstown Preachout was created three years ago to bring together students from both universities in a spirit of faith and companionship.“We have scheduled this year’s Crosstown Preachout with more involvement from the students this year,” says Kelly Albainy-Jenei, Xavier Campus Minister. Albainy-Jenei and Michael Schreiner, one of the UC Campus Ministers, put together a group of about six students from each campus to plan and organize the event.

In addition to the Crosstown Preachout, Xavier and UC are collaborating on the inaugural Crosstown Speakout, whereby the university presidents are speaking about their school and how the two work together. Graham joins UC President Nancy Zimpher in the Gallagher Student Center Theater on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Rather than the often heated rivalry that exists on the basketball court, this exchange will highlight the cooperation and unique qualities of each school.

“Like the Crosstown Helpout, which has occurred annually for 10 years and drawn participants from both universities, the Crosstown Speakout highlights the cooperation between Xavier and UC and their common role as valued community resources,” says Gene Beaupré, Xavier’s director for government relations.

For more information on the speakout, call 513-745-3520 or 513-745-4250.